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Tuesday 04 February 2014

Premier League Under-16 Schools Cup to get new trophy

Quarter-finalists in action this week to have extra incentive to win ESFA competition

  • The new trophy for the Premier League Under-16 Schools Cup

  • The winners of last year's competition Thomas Telford School

More than 700 schools will soon be whittled down to four as the quarter-finals of the Premier League Under-16 Schools Cup start this week.

The competition has been running for 40 years and is organised by the English Schools FA, which has had the support of the Premier League for more than two decades. An extra incentive for the winners this season is a new trophy to display, one commissioned by the Premier League to mark its patronage of the Under-16 competition.

"The Premier League is proud of our continuing partnership with the ESFA," Nic Coward, the Premier League's general secretary, said. "The fact that more than 700 schools entered the Premier League Under-16s Schools Cup shows why we see working with schools and the English Schools FA as so important.

"Schools are the sporting hubs of many communities, as are each of the 20 Premier League Clubs, and bringing the two together is what the partnership is all about."

The chances of a school winning the competition for the first time are high with Shenfield High School, of Brentwood, Essex, the only previous winner, 10 years ago, remaining in the cup.

ESFA Boys Under-16 Premier League Schools' Cup quarter-finals

4 February
Hipperholme & Lightcliffe High School (Calderdale) v St Francis Xavier’s College (Liverpool)
Judgemeadow Community College (Leicester) v Sir Thomas Boughey High School (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

5 February
Winston Churchill Sports College (Woking, Surrey) v Testwood Sports College (Southampton)

7 February
Shenfield High School (Brentwood and Mid-Essex) v Whitgift School (Croydon, Surrey)

For more details go to the ESFA website: http://www.esfa.co.uk.

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Key Points

  • Quarter-finals of Premier League Under-16 Schools Cup take place this week
  • The competition has been running for more than 40 years
  • The winning school this year will receive a new trophy commissioned for the competition